Why do it?
- At this age, baby is interested in details such as texture, and can explore a fabric ‘texture book’ safely.
- A book made of different fabrics is easy to make.
- Whānau can also use the texture book in the Exploring textures play idea.
How to do it
- Cut between 6 and 8 fabric pieces, about 15 cm square. Use a range of fabric types such as satin, wool, fake fur, lace and so on.
- Sew or staple them together firmly, to make a book.
- If you use staples, cover the backs of the staples so there are no sharp points that could poke baby (for example, use strong tape that baby can’t pull off).
- If you’re keen to get more creative things can be added by securely sewing different coloured or shaped patches or buttons to the pages.
- Be sure to sew carefully and strongly so there’s no danger of baby pulling or chewing anything off the material that could be a choking hazard (like a button).
Using more te reo Māori
|Arohia||Paying attention to, interested in|
|Whakahahakitia||Point out, draw attention to|
|Rongo whakapā||Sense of touch|
|Newanewa||Soft to touch|
|Mātoretore, kaitara||Rough, course|
|Kia tūpato||Be careful|
|He aha tēnei?||What's this?|
|He maene tēnei papanga||This material is smooth|
|Kei te rongo ahau tētahi mea newanewa||I can feel something soft|
|Homai tō ringaringa||Give me your hand|
|Me pēhea te pā?||How does it feel?|